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“Hold These Truths” Captivates Hearts, at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto

“Hold These Truths” Captivates Hearts, at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto

Millennial Notes Jeanne Sakata Illuminates One Man’s Supreme Court Fight by Evelyn Arevalo Playwright Jeanne Sakata brings to life the terrors of the U.S. Japanese concentration camps during WWII in a gripping one man show. Joel de la Fuente plays Gordon Hirabayashi, born in Seattle, who stood up against the unconstitutional camps in the 40s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal and relocation of American citizens to these camps. As Gordon Hirabayashi, Joel de la…

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” Explores Primal Places, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Explores Primal Places, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

Millennial Notes Tennessee Williams Springs to Life with Whelan and Ramirez by Tyler Jeffreys Ubuntu Theater Project’s version of Tennessee Williams’ 1947 classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” brings out the primal, selfish, raw instincts that we are trained to repress. When we first walk into a bare room in the Alice Collective in Oakland, the actors, dressed in black, are warming up. They lie on the floor or hang from the pillars–twisting and stretching. We sit in chairs in a…

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“Born Yesterday” Arouses Laughter, Reflection, at S.F. Playhouse

“Born Yesterday” Arouses Laughter, Reflection, at S.F. Playhouse

Garson Kanin Predicts Trumpian Times by Robert M. Gardner Set Designer Jacqueline Scott has fashioned a spectacular, opulent, hotel suite with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the U.S. Capitol. The stunning set features two story high pillars, a curving staircase, and elegant, crystal bedecked wall sconces. These lavish surroundings mask the corruption of Garson Kanin’s play, “Born Yesterday” (1946). In 1950, “Born Yesterday” tickled movie audiences, too, during the McCarthy Red Scare. Kanin’s play features a blustering, self-made billionaire, err…millionaire,…

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